American Achievement Award

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Letitia H. White

Title: Senior Attorney
Industry: Energy
Type of Organization: Manufacturing
Major Product/Service: All aspects of the petroleum industry including upstream operations (oil and gas exploration, development and production, LNG) and downstream operations (refining, marketing and the trading and shipping of crude oil and petroleum products), produces base chemicals (petrochemicals and fertilizers) and specialty chemicals for industrial and consumer markets
Expertise: Ms. White has over 10 years experience with TOTAL. She is responsible for transactions and contracts for real estate, joint ventures, product marketing and construction. She also manages personal injury litigation and bankruptcy proceedings.
Geographic Area of Distribution: International
Affiliations: Houston Bar Association; State Bar of Texas; American Bar Association
University/Degree: B.A., History and Archeology, Indiana University, 1974; J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1986
Hobbies/Sports: Jogging, the outdoors, hiking
Work History: Ms. White began her legal career as the In-house Attorney for Burlington Resources (ak/a Meridian Oil, Inc.) from 1986 to 1998, and then served as Senior Attorney at Coastal Corporation from 1998 to 1999. In June of 2000, she joined TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS USA, INC. (f/k/a ATOFINA Petrochemicals, Inc.) as a Contract Attorney. She was hired as a full-time employee in June 2001 and currently serves the company as their Senior Attorney.
Career Accomplishments: Ms. White is responsible for the divestiture of a $20 million office building in Fort Worth, Texas and the recovery of a $56 million tax refund. She served as primary attorney on a $450 million chemical plant joint venture and on a $1 billion Olefins Cracker joint venture. Ms. White worked on construction contracts for the revamp of a refinery in Aruba and increased recoveries on collections and bankruptcies in the late 1980s.